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Celebrate. From Phil Freelon’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta to the Theme Building at LAX built by 2017 AIA Gold Medal winner Paul Revere Williams, the American landscape has been deeply influenced by black architects… even though only two percent are African American. In celebration of Black History Month, Architect Magazine examines the achievements of five African American architects.

Do it for the kids. On most occasions, an architect approaches an upcoming project’s design thinking about the needs of adult inhabitants, with younger occupants of the space sometimes becoming an afterthought. However, children’s developing minds, attitudes, and curiosities can also be influenced by the built environment. Architizer has compiled a stunning list of examples from around the world that illustrate how architecture can serve them.

Binge watch. Although design is a monumental part of the world — incorporating architecture, photography, fashion — it has not received nearly the same kind of attention from the mainstream as other industries. A new Netflix original series may change that, inviting viewers to learn about eight of the world’s most influential designers across various disciplines and to examine how design impacts their daily lives. Watch the trailer for Abstract: The Art of Design on YouTube.

Get lost. “People don’t behave randomly–space constrains behavior,” says neuroscientist and author Paul Dudchenko. Whether walking through a maze, criss-crossing city streets, navigating a complex building, or even traveling through Nature, humans’ sense of direction is tied to various emotions like stress, excitement, and calm. Kinfolk interviewed Dudchenko to get his insights on why getting lost can be thrilling, distressing, and even designed with specific intent.

Inspiration comes in many forms–images, words, music, and much more. As part of staying #FluentInDesign, the team at Hunter Douglas looks for things that spark our imaginations. Tweet us your ideas at @FluentInDesign or email us at

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